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Bowler Mike Olson finds the perfect ending

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It was easy to tell that bowler Mike Olson really wanted it.

After puncturing the pocket with a no-doubt-about-it strike to seal his sixth perfect game, Olson yelled and whooped it up with teammates Monday night at Canoga Park Bowl.

Olson, averaging 218 in Monday's "River Maniacs" league, was hot from the start, opening with seven strikes en route to a 242 game.

The strong-armed right-hander from Tarzana then bowled his 300 before closing with an anti-climactic 223 for a sizzling 765 series.

"I thought [the 300] would come in the first game and I messed up," said Olson, who turns 35 next week and has bowled two 800 series. "In the second game, I said to myself, 'I'm not going to mess up this game.' "

Olson's 300 seemed in danger on his 11th shot, but he got enough action on a light hit to record the heart-pounding strike.

"I took a little off it," he conceded.

That shot, Olson said, was reminiscent of his final shot in a 299 game that he blasted two weeks earlier at Canoga Park Bowl.

He said he left a "soft 8 pin" after he "threw a fluff shot."

Despite all the hooting and hollering after he rolled his 300, Olson said it was not his most memorable perfect game, which came long ago.

"It was my first one -- in practice," he said. "And it was here [at Canoga Park Bowl]. It was late at night and no one was here."

On Monday night, there was a full house at Canoga Park Bowl, and at about 8:30 p.m., it seemed all eyes were trained in one direction -- at Olson's final shot for a 300.



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